Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Bermuda

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
1 cruise (first)

Review
1

Helpful Votes
27

4 out of 5

A great first experience

Sail Date: May 11, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

The Norwegian Dawn was our first cruise experience and we were not disappointed! Restaurants were quite varied, and if you don't mind the cover charge had some great food available (though the cover charge can get pricey for larger parties). Plenty of activities laid out in an absolutely WONDERFUL day planner which listed almost every activity by time, and denoted whether or not there were additional costs involved, seriously became our cruise bible. Lines to various events, help desks, or attractions were always manageable, didn't feel crowded at all during the trip except when it was raining and everyone was back inside. Wonderful art throughout the ship, most of it for sale at the auctions they do (picked up a few myself).

Pros: Always something to do, educational stuff as well. Good food in cover charge places

Cons: Almost always deafening music poolside, 24/7 food is flakey and room service doesn't always show, surprise $12/person/day charge at the end.

Recommends Norwegian Dawn? Yes!

Food and Dining
Food in the cover charge restaurants are great, very high quality. But the best restaurants have a $25/person cover charge. The two places that are free and easiest to access (Garden Cafe and Blue Lagoon) have very limited options. The Garden Cafe is cafeteria style buffet dining, good but nothing special. Blue Lagoon is an extremely tiny menu that does not change, it may be open 24/7 but really only something to consider if you're desperate, the food is extremely sub-par.
Ship Quality

Always clean, always stocked, and a good sized ship. Beautiful art adorns much of the public areas, and not "motel art" either, but real inspiring art! Elevators can be a little tricky to snag during busy hours, but it wasn't really an issue. Takes you about 2 days to finally get a good grip on where everything is, but once you do you'll know the ship like the back of your hand.
Cabin / Stateroom
Very good state room, small but we personally weren't looking on using it for anything other than a place to sleep. Turned down very regularly there was always nice clean sheets and towels for us. TV had a few channels, but almost all of them were information or news channels. 2 channels for movies that played throughout the day, 1 channel that played various sitcoms seemingly at random. No DVD player was a drag considering how cheap you can find them now. Very small shower but manageable, just be careful during rougher weather or you'll faceplant into the door. Also a rocking boat results in varying water temperatures. Generally we just used it as a base of operations so it wasn't that important to us.
Service and Staff
Very friendly ship staff that would always help if they could, most only spoke some broken English though and it would occasionally be difficult to understand a few of them. Only a minor issue, they were all very helpful and very nice.
Entertainment
Amazing seminars and shows, especially the educational aspects. We attended every art seminar they had and found them very enlightening and interesting. Didn't have enough time to see EVERYTHING but really who could? Only issue there ever was is that sometimes in a seminar the speaker's accent was so thick we had no idea what they were saying. Especially during the Alexandrite and Pearls seminar, most people walked out because she was completely unintelligable.


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